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Jewish Women's Health

Please visit www.jewishwomenshealth.org for a wide range of articles and case studies on the topic of women's health and Jewish Law. This website is designed to assist medical practitioners in providing optimal care to their observant Jewish patients.

Information to Provide
BEFORE a Gynecological Examination/Procedure

The information that is important in rendering a halachic ruling is summarized in the following list of questions. This form can be printed out as a written report whose completion will minimize the chance of errors in transmission. Click here, for the printable form.

Name of procedure / type of examination: ______________

1. Must the examination or procedure be scheduled at a specific point in the menstrual cycle?
[ ] yes [ ] no

2. If so, at what point in the cycle? __________________

3. If there will be a need to enter the uterine cavity, what is the diameter of the instrument that will enter the cervical canal? _____ mm.

4. Will a tenaculum be used?
[ ] yes [ ] no

5. Could the examination or procedure itself lead to any spotting or bleeding?
[ ] yes [ ] no

6. If so, what is/are the likely source(s) of the bleeding?

[ ] vaginal wall
[ ] outside of cervix
[ ] cervical canal
[ ] uterus

7. For how long is bleeding expected to last? (For example, the scraping of a Pap smear may be followed by a day or so of spotting.) ______ days 

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